In an interview on the Sky TV programme ‘Murnaghan’, leader of the Unite union, Len McCluskey called for ‘civil disobedience’ to protest against the current government’s policies and austerity measures.
Mr McCluskey told the programme “When governments are acting in a way that is against ordinary working people we have a right, in fact we have a duty, to stand up and protest. Those protests will take all kinds of different forms – marches on streets, civil disobedience, industrial action. All of those should be used and none of them should be ruled out.”
Unite has a membership of about 1.5 million members, and represents workers from all areas of the UK workforce. Unite is the largest of the unions in the UK, and has been critical of the governments proposed austerity measures and the effects these will have on the working population for some time. But this is the first time the union leader has called for action across the UK, as he vowed to “fight all the way to the next election”.
With the backing of a powerful union, the effect of public action could result in the downfall of the current government.
The government has refused to listen to the people, and looked after the interests of their wealthy friends. They have made their bed, now they can lie in it.
It is time that the people who the government are supposed to represent are heard, and time the government took notice. The people of the UK do not expect their government to be a fascist dictatorship – they expect the government to represent them.
Time for some serious re-alignment in the balance of power.